PUBLIC POOLS

Public pools have various health risks that can infect you and your family.

Every time you share a common space, you run the risk of being exposed to germs, viruses, parasites, bacteria or, molds.

At public swimming pool, where diarrhea is a general water illness. And while chlorine significantly reduces the potential health risks posed by public swimming pools, it’s not a guarantee.

Asthma

Chlorine has been shown to increase the risk of developing asthma. The chlorine scent in pools causes lung irritation in swimmers because of the presence of chloramine by-products.

Legionnaire’s disease

Legionnaire’s disease that is similar to pneumonia is when you breathe in small droplets of water (mist) that contain Legionella.

Legionella is found in freshwater environments, like lakes, decorative fountains and streams. It becomes a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made water systems.

Legionella can grow and increase in hot tubs or spa`s that are not disinfected and cleaned properly.

Signs and symptoms:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • high fever
  • muscle aches
  • headaches

Athlete’s foot

Swimmers who have developed this disease can easily infect others with the fungi on loose bits of skin that fall from their feet if they do not wear sandals or wipe their skin dry after swimming. Public showers, swimming pools, and changing rooms are the top places where athlete’s foot is spread.

Swimmer’s ear

Symptoms of swimmer’s ear usually appear within a few days of swimming and include:

  • Itchiness inside the ear.
  • Redness and swelling of the ear.
  • Pain when the infected ear is tugged or when pressure is placed on the ear.
  • Pus draining from the infected ear.
  • It is more common in children and can be extremely painful.

Don’t swim when you have diarrhoea.
Practice good hygiene.
Do not swim in water that looks discoloured, murky, or smells unpleasant
Don’t swallow pool water.
Change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area, not at the poolside.
Avoid swimming in warm, slow moving, water or next to storm water drains.
Avoid swimming if you have an open wound or infection.